Category Archives: Immigration Law

New European family member form

A new version of application form EEA4 has been published by the UKBA. The form can be used by non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals to apply for permanent residence in the UK if they qualify as family members of an … Continue reading

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The UKSC’s decision on immigration detention: Walumba Lumba and Kadian Mighty

While the earlier judgment of SK (Zimbabwe) (UKSC 2009/0022) is still pending (update: the UKSC’s decision in that case was handed down on 25 May 2011 and the latest post in that case is available here), the UKSC will yet again … Continue reading

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New UKBA fees

From  Monday 22 November the UKBA will introduce new application fees for applications for entry clearance (0verseas) and further leave to remain (in country)  for work, study or other purposes. The Agency is charging fees by setting them above the cost of … Continue reading

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English language tests for dependants

Changes in the immigration rules laid before Parliament in October 2010 will be introduced on 29 November 2010. From then on all dependants except those in the Points Based System will have to show competence in English at level A1 of … Continue reading

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Immigration cap faces judicial review challenge

The Coalition government introduced the immigration cap on 28 June 2010. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has reported that it will challenge the cap in the High Court by way of JR proceedings. The JCWI’s response to the cap … Continue reading

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Certificate of Approval fees refunds

In Baiai the House of Lords declared that the Certificate of Approval (COA) scheme was incompatible with article 8 of the ECHR as it disproportionately interfered with the fundamental right to marry. From 31 July 2009 applicants granted COAs between 2005 and 2009 … Continue reading

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Tier 1 (General) November limit reached

In July 2010 we witnessed the coalition government’s introduction of a limit on the number of initial applications that the UKBA could issue under Tier 1 (General) of the Points Based System (PBS). The limit will persist until 31 March … Continue reading

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Agency to axe 5000 staff

The Chief Executive of the UKBA Lin Homer announced that a further 5000 jobs are going to be axed within the life of the present Coalition government. Lin Homer’s intimation is connected to the budget cuts of about 20% for the UKBA … Continue reading

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Law Society’s views on the immigration cap

One would have to be quite stubborn and ill advised not to take gravely seriously the opinion of the Law Society of England and Wales (the society) in a legal matter. Yet the government seems determined to do just that. … Continue reading

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The UKBA and the detention of children

Detention is one of the most analysed topics in legal discourse. Detaining minors is an extraordinary step and in this country there is a very proud tradition which sets aside juvenile offenders’ trial processes in comparison to the manner and … Continue reading

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Online system apology offered by Agency

Today the UKBA has offered an apology for the fact that its online application system was down. Those of us who do sponsorship licence applications will know the hazards of the passwords which just don’t work and the logins which … Continue reading

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Tribunals to charge appeal fees

Nothing is free in the UK. In fact things are generally quite expensive and customer support and care are virtually non-existant. The fact that there is a recession on does not help matters either. And as the saying goes the … Continue reading

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Home Affairs Committee’s report on immigration cap

The chair of the Home Affairs Committee (HAC) the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP has raised a multitude of concerns in his report about the Coalition government’s immigration cap. The terms of reference of the HAC were “to examine the expenditure, administration, … Continue reading

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As if settlement applications aren’t hard enough already

Recently the Guardian newspaper reported on an exhibition entitled South Asians making Britain: 1858-1950 which featured a plethora of personalities from the colonies who contributed to Britain’s economy, society and politics. In the 1950s immigration from the Commonwealth was not only … Continue reading

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UKBA discriminating against Pakistani applicants

It had emerged that the UKBA may be discriminating unlawfully against Pakistanis in favour of applicants for British visas from the emirates of and Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Dubai. This was unearthed by the UKBA’s chief inspector Mr John Vine. However, the … Continue reading

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Home secretary signals end of settlement for skilled workers and students

Speaking on future action in relation to immigration policies while addressing the Conservative party conference the home secretary, Theresa May, intimated the government’s intentions to stop the right to permanent settlement for more than 100,000 skilled workers and 320,000 overseas students … Continue reading

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French and British joint declaration on immigration

The global economic recession’s bite into British and French defence budgets has opened a “new chapter” in bilateral defence cooperation between these historically rival nations. Emphasising that the sovereignty of neither nation would be compromised as a result of the … Continue reading

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Refined criteria and Tier 2 (General) certificate of sponsorship allocations

The stated objective of the Points Based System (PBS) was to simplify the immigration rules by recategorising eighty different immigration routes which were previously open to migrants to enter the UK. However, contrary to the expectation of simplicity, the PBS … Continue reading

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UKBA names Reliance as its new remover

After the continuing saga of Jimmy Mubenga’s death and the UKBA’s subsequent moratorium on forced removals which followed it, has been announced that the Agency’s current contractor G4S will no longer be removing immigration detainees from the UK. The private … Continue reading

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Agency publishes Tier 1 statistics

The International Group of the UKBA published what it called the an “operational assessment” of Tier 1 of the Points Based System (PBS). The Agency’s document can be viewed here. It is very much the objective of the Agency’s document … Continue reading

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